7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.
12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (2 Co 3:7–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Church Family: Family Spirit
Here in Kentucky there is plenty of team spirit that goes around during basketball season. I imagine there is as much team spirit in the homes of those watching the games on TV as there is out on the floor actually playing basketball. Kentucky folk understand the connection between game rules and team spirit, and they understand that there is a need for both.
The church in Corinth did not understand that the same applies to communities of faith. Rules help keep us on task and moving forward, but that spirit and excitement give us the strength and courage to actually move. The Law of Moses showed them where they were failing and Paul wrote to them to share that the grace of Jesus, as applied to their lives and in those failures particularly, brings healing and strength and helps us move into new life. The Law points to death and grace points to life. They work together to transform us and remake us into God’s image as His Body here on earth.
I already wrote about family rules this week. Does your family have team spirit for God or is the family spirit more reserved for basketball? Do you cheer each other on in the faith? Do you encourage one another and work as a team to accomplish the work that God created your family to do? If our family only has spiritual rules but no actual spirit in it, it will quickly become lifeless and a thing that takes life from it’s members rather than a source that brings new life to the whole family and anyone with whom God brings you in contact.
Reflection: What kind of spirit do you have in your family? Does your family team spirit favor certain members and ignore others? Who does your family bless with that life-giving spirit?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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